I moved into the new house this day last week. Yes, I'm still surrounded by boxes and no, I still haven't finished moving everything from the old house.
I have, however, been trying to bring a bit of order to the chaos in the new house.
My current fixation is hanging things up. I haven't developed a weird fetish or anything. This is a pragmatic attempt at resolving a real issue. The old house had a few hooks on the back of doors etc., where you could hang an apron, a tea towel, a jacket or keys. The new house is completely bereft of any hooks, apart from the few small ones that are on the pine kitchen dresser that I brought with me. So at the moment jackets, towels etc., are all just lying around the place, since I've no way of hanging them up.
You can get light plastic hooks that stick on to surfaces and work quite well for light things, but they don't work well in the long run and they only take very light things.
So where do I need these hooks?
The entrance hall is quite narrow, but a couple of hooks of some kind here could work for hanging my coat or jacket as well as those of any visitors. On a recent visit to the US I came across some very nice and stylish subway inspired design:
The brand, Umbra, does a very nice range of storage solutions including some really tastily designed hooks. There's no reason why you can't get functionality with nice design.
I also really like these "buddy" hooks:
They're kind of fun and a bit quirky, which I really like.
For the kitchen and the bedrooms and bathrooms (including the en suite) being able to hang up various things on the back of the door is important. In the kitchen, for example, you've got aprons, plastic bags and tea towels. In the bedroom it'd be towels, bathrobes or dressing gowns as well as various other things. Sure, some things can go into wardrobes, but not everything.
For now I'll pick up some of the more traditional brass hooks like this one:
I'll be heading to one of the local hardware shops this afternoon to see what kind of hooks they have in stock this afternoon. I also need to pick up a couple of other bits and pieces so I'll be able to kill a couple of birds with one stone.
Now back to unpacking..